What Motivates David Luchins?
December 26, 1999 - Esther Pollard
People have been asking us to explain why, for the last 15 years,
David Luchins has been outdoing the CIA in the character assassination of
Jonathan Pollard. Here is our response:
We have absolutely no idea what would motivate any sane or honest person
- much less anyone who presents themselves as an orthodox Jew - to blame
Jonathan Pollard for the massive injustice in his case and to insist that
he is still in prison by his own choice.
Over the years, in the numerous audiences that Luchins has poisoned
with his evil words about Jonathan Pollard, no one that we know of has
ever publicly challenged him. All of Luchins' credentials, (assistant
to Senator Moynihan, VP of the OU, Professor at Touro College) lend
weight to his words, making it difficult to question his "facts". But his
"facts" about Pollard are not facts. They are lies, and they are
not even reasonable lies. It is not hard to figure out that
absolutely no one,
remain in prison - and especially not for reasons as spurious and
as foolish as the ones Luchins suggests!
After 15 years of doing hard time in harsh circumstances, including
7 years in
solitary confinement, Jonathan Pollard just wants to go home. He and
his attorneys have
always been open to every possible solution
to resolve his case. To suggest otherwise is not only sick but also
We must point out as well, that we are in no way dealing with what one
of our readers termed "different points of view". Facts are facts, and
lies are lies. For example, it is not a "point of view" to claim that Jonathan
Pollard is still in prison because according to Luchins, on at least
three occasions the American government wanted to free him and Pollard
refused to sign a letter that would make it possible.
That Luchins makes the outrageous claim that this did occur - and on at
least three occasions- is not his "point of view". It is a bare-faced lie.
It is a
such offer was ever made to Jonathan Pollard.
It is a
fact that there
no letters that Pollard was asked to sign.
It is a
fact that there
no offer of freedom to Jonathan Pollard by the
American government, at any time, in any way, and for any reason, in the
last 15 years.
Over the years, many private attempts have been made to quietly reason
with Luchins - including attempts by Jonathan's attorneys, and his family.
When challenged, Luchins consistently denies the lies that he has spoken
about Jonathan in front of hundreds of witnesses! The whole exercise of
trying to hold Luchins to account and/or trying to stop him from telling
lies about Jonathan became a huge drain of time and energy and it simply
was not working. So for the most part, we kept taking the blows from Luchins,
responding when we could, and praying for some way to stop him.
Recently the time arrived when Luchins' lies became intolerable and
the public seemed ready to finally hear about it. As Jonathan pointed out,
never before were we in a position to publicly protest
against Luchins' slander. It is only now that the Jewish Press has laid
the groundwork for us, finally exposing the kind of wanton slander that
Luchins is known for, that people may begin to see and understand the harm
this man is doing, not only to Jonathan but to the Jewish community as
For those who are unaware of what we are talking about: Luchins
brazenly slandered the Jewish Press (NY). He recently accused the paper
of promoting, and applauding the murder of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin - and nothing could be further from the truth. The Jewish Press
responded in a calm, dignified, and professional manner.Their detailed
response, which was written over several weeks, not only completely cleared
the paper of this false accusation, it also revealed a lot about David
Luchins in the process. This helped to familiarize the reading public enough
so that they might understand what we have been going through for years
because of this man.
Now you know the truth, and we have fleshed out a little more of the
story. But the fact remains: we simply do not know David Luchins' motives
in slandering Jonathan Pollard. The only one who knows why Luchins is doing
what he is doing is Luchins himself. We do know that no motive exists that
could justify the damage that he is doing to Jonathan's fight for freedom
- in complete contradiction of the mitzvah of pidyan shvuyim.
The bottom line is: Luchins' motives are now of secondary importance.
What is more important to us is simply to stop his lies about Jonathan
Pollard. Please help us.
Again, our thanks and our blessings,
Esther and Jonathan Pollard
David Luchins, the CIA, and Jonathan Pollard
David Luchins and Jonathan Pollard
New "Solutions" Certain To Subvert Justice For Pollard